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August 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Pregame notes and lineups: White Sox at Mariners

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Erasmo Ramirez is here at Safeco Field. As expected, he will start on Sunday against the White Sox. The Mariners will have to make a roster move to make room for him. Lucas Luetge will most likely be sent back to Tacoma.

After Ramirez makes his start, he will be sent back to Tacoma and a position player will be recalled for the Blue Jays series and beyond. Manager Lloyd McClendon said he prefers a speed type of player – that suggests James Jones will be the move. Michael Saunders is still not ready to return. I’m guessing he will need 7 to 10 days in Tacoma before they think he’s ready.

“I’m always happy to come back up here,” Ramirez said. “They gave me an opportunity and I need to just  keep doing what I’m doing. Every time they call me, I just need to be ready. I just need to continue to be myself.”


Lloyd McClendon was asked about the last time the Mariners faced old friend Hector Noesi. It wasn’t pretty. Seattle made the erratic Noesi look like an all-star on July 6 in Chicago.  Noesi pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing five hits, while walking two and striking out five. McClendon was incensed after the game with his team’s free-swinging approach. That anger hasn’t subsided.

“We were swinging at balls in the dirt,” McClendon said. “Listen, I don’t have anything against Noesi. I think he’s a nice pitcher. But we didn’t help our cause, not at all. That was one of the worst offensive approach games we’ve had all year. We swung at balls in the dirt, consistently, the whole time he was in there. Best way to get to him is make him throw strikes.”

McClendon wasn’t quite finished.

“I think I might have been quoted saying, ‘if we went up without bats, we would have won that game. And we would have. If we would have went up to the plate without lumber in our hands, we would have won the game.”

It was the most he’s been frustrated with his team all season.

“It was not a good day,” McClendon said.

Here’s Noesi’s 2014 splits …

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Here’s Noesi’s numbers vs. the Mariners with bats in their hands …. 

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Willie Bloomquist worked his way into the Mariners’ clubhouse on his new mode of transportation – crutches.

The veteran utility infielder was two days removed from having major surgery on his right knee. Clad in a pair of basketball shorts, every could see the greenish purple swelling and the incision marks.

Bloomquist was in decent spirits despite the season-ending surgery and the need for crutches for four to six weeks.

“All things considered, I’m in less pain than I was prior to going in,” he said. “Obviously, it’s swollen and sore, but hopefully they’ve got everything they need to fix, fixed.”

Being knocked out for the season during a playoff race isn’t fun for any player.

“It’s been a tough pill to swallow. I’ve wanted to be here in Seattle for a long time and to be in a playoff race. For me, that stings a little bit. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t. But I’m certainly going to let my personal sorrows bring down what’s going on in here. We have a chance to do something special. The situation is what it is. Obviously I’m not going to be available, but I can still be here and support these guys. That’s all I can do.”

Bloomquist knew it was a likely outcome.

“I was trying to by optimistic about it, but I know my body and I know how it felt going in,” Bloomquist said. “I was hoping for the best, but kind of preparing for this.”

Technically, he didn’t have a complete microfracture surgery, like he had on his left knee five years ago.

“They did a little bit of that in this one, but they also did a little different procedure where they took some cartilage from a different spot in my knee and kind of patched up the spot where I tore the cartilage and smoothed it over,” Bloomquist said.

Does this procedure help it heal faster?

“According to Doc, he’s had better or more success with this type of procedure rather than just drilling the holes and letting the blood form new cartilage type stuff,” he said. “He said he’s had good success with this type of procedure, although he did have to drill a few microfracture holes in a different spot. So I kind of got the buffet of it all.”

On this date in Mariners’ history

        1984 – Phil Bradley scored from third base on Ron Davis’ wild pitch with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning, as the Mariners defeated the Minnesota Twins, 6-5.

·          1986 – Mickey Brantley, making his Major League debut, tripled in his first ML at bat off John Candeleria.

·          1988 – Alvin Davis becomes the Mariners all-time home run leader with his 106th career home run off of California’s Mike Witt.

·          1992 – The Mariners beat Texas 6-5 in 14 innings. Tino Martinez knocks in Edgar Martinez with the game-winner, sending an exhausted group of Kingdome fans home happy. TOG: 4:35.

·          1998 – Seattle completes its first-ever four-game sweep of Detroit.

·          1999 – Jay Buhner hits GSHR vs. Chicago.

·          2009 – Ichiro goes 2×5, for his 604th multiple-hit game of his 9-year career… is the most multi-hit games over a 9-year span during the live-ball era (since 1920), with the previous high of 581 by Rogers.

·          2010 – Mariners dismiss head coach Don Wakamatsu, bench coach Ty Van Burkleo, pitching coach Rick Adair, and released performance coach Steve Hecht from the team.  They are replaced by interim manager Daren Brown, head coach of the Tacoma Rainers, Roger Hansen to the bench coach, and Carl Willis.

·          2010 – The Mariners turn the 10th triple play in franchise history, turning a 5-4-3 triple play in a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.  Mark Ellis hit a groundball to Jose Lopez at 3rd, who threw it to Chone Figgins at 2nd, and then to Casey Kotchman at first to complete the play. The last time the Mariners turned a triple play was on July 13, 1995.

·          2013 – The Mariners hold a luncheon to kick off the induction of Ken Griffey Jr. into the Mariners Hall of Fame. That night, the Brewers play their first regular season game at Safeco Field and beat the Mariners 10-5.

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